Old Mole Variety Hour
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Bill Resnick hosts this edition of the show which deals with the crisis in Gaza, a 1951 Sci-Fi movie about war and peace, and why the minimum wage needs raising in the current economic crisis. Resnick also plays music by Palestinian and Israeli musican exiles from the album Exile, a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music. Quoting from a review at KlezmerShack, "It is also disquieting, and will be especially disquieting to many given the current situation in Israel. To realize that the quiet, moving ballad, "Jenin" is a transposition of a Yiddish folk song about a Russian town in which a pogrom was carried about is not a quiet thing, especially in the light of recent history of Jenin (and myths about same)."
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Uri Avineri, former Israeli Cabinet member and Israeli peace activist, argues against the current attacks on Gaza in this piece called "Molten Lead," read here by Jan Haaken. The printed text is here.
Foreclosures. Unemployment. Poverty. At least a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed. What to do? Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.
"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects." So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker. You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.
Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis. What will replace it? Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been. Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line here.
Tom Becker hosts the first Old Mole show of 2009. Topics include
- The Housing Crisis and how to solve it
- The War in Gaza
- Two movies: Slumdog Millionaire and Wendy and Lucy
- A new kind of capitalism ahead?
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Kaye Gibbons writes about growing up with (and without) a mother who is mentally ill in her novel Sights Unseen, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.
The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet. What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools? It's not a progressive picture. Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education. It features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and Larry Bowlden's review of Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs.
One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.
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